[iippo]'s diary

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Written about Wednesday 2013-11-27
Written: (1478 days ago)
Next in thread: 1163443

I wanted to find some ideas on upcycling the little metal tins you are left with after using tealight. The only thing I found was this thing http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2008/11/reuse-tea-light-holders-for-holiday-decorations/ and it's not one that I want to do. There are so many really cool things you can make if you have millions of poptabs (seriously, who has that many poptabs?!) but nothing for tealights, which make massive amounts of little tin cups :/

However, this dress made of ties is really awesome and I really want to make one :O
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/278238083200690670/

TP rolls is another material I have tons of that I'd like to upcycle in some way.

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Written about Monday 2013-11-25
Written: (1480 days ago)
Next in thread: 1163384, 1163385

So I think everyone has heard me talk ad nauseam of the fact that I work nights. So I'll do it a little more.

Last night I was listening to a podcast as I was merrily biking along the streets of my town. It was cold, dark, and the podcast was really loud (bless you loud Southern SMNTY ladies). And its good to realise that while I am now quite comfortable with being out there at night, it is not by any means a work environment that ever feels safe: streets of a town are scary at night, even though I don't constantly feel scared. A man walking came from my right, and I noticed that he said something to me, but because it was a loud podcast and he was kind of not right next to me, I couldn't tell what it was. So I just biked past without stopping or looking at him or anything. Afterwards I felt a little bad about blanking the guy, but after a long internal monologue about it I came to the conclusion that not everyone is entitled to access to my attention at all times. And this time - really dark and scary middle of the night, while I am working - does qualify as "I don't need to talk to you" -time. Though it is also a little bit bad, because what if he'd needed help? :/ (I can only hope that if someone does need help they will speak loudly and gesture wildly >_> )

But it is interesting to think why I had to have a long think before I could feel okay about regulating the attention I give to strangers in the middle of the night...

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Written about Sunday 2013-11-24
Written: (1481 days ago)
Next in thread: 1163353

Pre-face to rambly
So I'm really aware of words and meanings and stuff.

And you've probably heard people express annoyance at the phrase "new and improved". Like "how can it be new if it's improved, yadda yadda". And I get that, because of the meanings of the word, if something is new, how can it also be a result of improvement. But I realised that that is a totally stupid thing to say when you consider how things actually happen, both inventions and even in evolution. And I realised this connection when the word R&D caught my ear. Research and Development. That is what makes new and improved things! Both new and improved things are implied by the words research and development. So I kind of assigned it so that research results in new things and development results in improved things. And then I realised: sometimes new things are the result of old things being improved upon. Like all of evolution, basically. A human being is a new creature, but it's also an ape that's been improved (to be overly simplistic about it). And then after that I was thinking that if development can also lead to new things, can research lead to improvements. And of course it can, it feels a little bit obvious. Lots of research goes in to making the next number of iPhone or whatever. And I realised that practice-based research fits just fine inside all of this, since innovation doesn't have any one set way which innovation flows. Because research can lead to new things, and development can lead to new things, and research can lead to improvements, and development can lead to improvements. And at least one of those is practice-based (probably the development-leads-to ones).

Anyhoo, as reward for reading that (or being so clever and evolved that you skipped the tl;dr), you can have http://ikeaordeath.com/

1163348  Link to this entry 
Written about Sunday 2013-11-24
Written: (1481 days ago)

So I watched the 50th anniversary something episode of Doctor Who.
I don't have much to say, except a little bit, but if you haven't watched it, consider not reading the thing below the hide, since it's a spoiler:

Show content

I was pretty stoked when they made the lady sit down with the shapeshifting aliens and not know who were aliens and who were humans, and then suss out a deal. That's basically John Rawls' "veil of ignorance" at work :D And I really like that idea in his theory of justice.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rawls#A_Theory_of_Justice
1163320  Link to this entry 
Written about Friday 2013-11-22
Written: (1483 days ago)
Next in thread: 1163323, 1163324, 1163332

As a rule, I don't want to kill insects just because they are inside my house, unless there is a serious infestation. But this one fruit fly in my bedroom is really pushing it... >.< If it would just stop landing on me, we could coexist in a mutually unbothersome way!

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Written about Sunday 2013-11-17
Written: (1488 days ago)
Next in thread: 1163201

Filterkeys is the stupidest thing ever.
*is in murderous rage*

1163198  Link to this entry 
Written about Sunday 2013-11-17
Written: (1488 days ago)
Next in thread: 1163207

There's kind of two art worlds (at least two). There's the contemporary art and art school world where huge slabs of concrete are awesome and paintings of beautiful things are not, and where everybody pretends that words like "notion" actually communicate something. Then there's the other one, where people paint pictures that are clean and shiny and inoffensive, they bemoan the state of contemporary art where slabs of concrete sell for millions, and insist that beauty is the only thing art is supposed to be/do. So basically they both disdain the other. The first is going head-long off to some la-la land where a lot of the art doesn't work for people who don't have a degree in art, and the other one hates all progress done in art since the Impressionists and want to turn back time to the 1800s. -_-; And I disdain them both for these attitudes.

But I've been thinking about this beauty thing a lot, because I currently make beautiful pictures (despite being from the art school side of things). And this may be a trend that is particular to Mormons (there's a lot of "we shall beautify the earth" talk among mormon artists), but it strikes me as odd how people have come to the conclusion that nature, women and art have something to do with beauty. I find the relationship totally incidental and inconsistent: some things in nature are beautiful and some are not, some women are beautiful and some are not, some art is beautiful and some is not. Surprisingly enough some men are beautiful too, as are some not-natural things, and some things that are not art are beautiful too. The parts of nature that are ugly as shit (such as shit, for example) are not any 'less nature', an ugly woman is just as much of a woman as any other woman, and ugly art is still art.

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Written about Thursday 2013-11-14
Written: (1491 days ago)
Next in thread: 1163151

When I was coming home from work this morning, and the podcasts had finished so everything was quiet, I was thinking of how nice and comforting it is to see Orion in the sky. It's like he's a person you know or something. And then I was thinking how I associate Orion with the cold weather, and started to think if there's some weird rotation that goes on where he goes away for the summer -- until I realised that the reason I don't see Orion during the summer is actually because I see no stars at all during the summer, the sky doesn't get dark enough. And I had a little "oh. Right >_>" moment there.

Anyhoo, last night's podcast test drive was the Sinica podcast. And I kind of have to flaunt this a little, I feel really really cool listening to that podcast, because it's all about contemporary China, and this makes me feel like I have broadened my horizons and am all cool and stuff :3 The hosts Kaiser Kuo (half American half Chinese rock star) and Jeremy Goldkorn (South African business man), both of whom have lived in China a really long time, have guests and usually talk about a specific topic. So for example, at work I listened to episodes about sex in China (the guests were the author and the publisher of a recent book about sex in China), humour in China (guests were two expat comedians who were studying the Chinese cross talk comedy thing), healthcare in China (healthcare specialists as guests) and the Chinese internet (much more than just the Great Firewall, the guest was the Economist reporter who had recently done the special report on the Chinese internet). It's really cool. They talk about China as their everyday thing, but they also do pause at times and say "let's explain in case someone listening hasn't heard of this" when events or terms come up. So it's a little like listening in to a conversation of people who are smarter/cooler than you are, but with the added bonus of sometimes they acknowledge that you are listening and they help understand. I think it's much more effective way of crossing that gap of cultural understanding than it would be if someone just explained all the bits that make China so different in some kind of "China for beginners" kind of way. The Sinica way is slower perhaps, but more effective, I think.

The kind of weird thing about Sinica is that in iTunes the episodes are sort of mushed in with the Popup Chinese podcast episodes (Sinica uses Popup's studios). But you can figure them out quite easily, Sinica episodes are 40 minutes to an hour long, while the Popup ones are shorter, and the Sinica podcasts begin with the guitar theme music and Kaiser saying "Welcome to the Sinica podcast..." But it did take me a bit to figure that out :P

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Written about Thursday 2013-11-14
Written: (1491 days ago)
Next in thread: 1163144

New Wes Anderson short film: "Castello Cavalcanti" <3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWnKRJ4c8xY

I just have to say that the simple fact that Wes Anderson makes short films (and sometimes has a short before the main feature film) makes him immediately better than any film maker who doesn't do that C:
And the colours! <3 There needs to be a shade of yellow named Wes Anderson Yellow.

1163101  Link to this entry 
Written about Tuesday 2013-11-12
Written: (1493 days ago)
Next in thread: 1163102

"But let us not confuse what will surely be financial success with brilliant business acumen on the part of the Braves. At least not the sort of acumen which usually gets lauded as the genius of capitalism or whatever. MLB owners live in a world with basically zero risk in order to get their billions. As stadium financing shows, baseball owners live off of other people’s money. Usually public money. And no one ever seems to call these already rich men and corporations out on accepting millions from the government the way poor people are called out on accepting a few hundred or a couple of thousand because they can’t feed their families or get basic medical care."

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/11/the-braves-moving-to-a-new-park-is-understandable-but-perverse/

Don't misunderstand here: I don't care about sports. Just wanted to make that clear.
:P

1163099  Link to this entry 
Written about Tuesday 2013-11-12
Written: (1493 days ago)
Next in thread: 1163100

Drawing a thing that turns out really cool is such a hit of happy it should be classified as an illegal drug :3
Photo will happen later, I don't want to ruin my happy feeling by taking a picture of it that just doesn't capture it right.
But suffice to say that I have just inserted five different pokemon into a Goya etching like a boss :D <cue success kid meme>

1163057  Link to this entry 
Written about Sunday 2013-11-10
Written: (1495 days ago)
Next in thread: 1163059, 1163065

[Teufelsweib] and I were talking about science stuff (like publishing and repeating experiments and such) in the Junk forum the other say, and then I found this today :)

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/11/science-and-its-skeptics.html

1163034  Link to this entry 
Written about Saturday 2013-11-09
Written: (1496 days ago)
Next in thread: 1163036

http://julianpeterscomics.com/page-1-the-love-song-of-j-alfred-prufrock-by-t-s-eliot/
Haven't read that yet but it looks awesome and also Prufrock.

1163021  Link to this entry 
Written about Saturday 2013-11-09
Written: (1496 days ago)
Next in thread: 1163035

So I work for the mail service, and in Finland the postal service used to be owned by the nation, then it was turned into aprivatised company where the government/nation owns a majority of the shares. So kind of a half public/half private thing going on here. And ever so often there are negotiations between the unions and the bosses, and this is currently going on. And there's a lot of complicated things of course, but for the area of work that I do - early morning delivery - the biggest beef we have is the way our wages are tied to the amounts of newspaper the employee has on his/her route. Which is of course dependent on the people who subscribe to newspapers, and therefore it's out of the employees control. So the union wants to change that to an hourly wage, so that the employees wouldn't have to worry about their wage fluctuating so much.

Anyhoo, at the moment the union is telling us all that we are doing some mild industrial action to exert pressure during the negotiations: no overtime, no extra work of any kind. Also no surprise time off/holiday requests, that would be unfair too. We have a promise to the customers that we will deliver newspapers by 6am. If for some reason I am not finished by that time, the industrial action dictates that I need to stop and not finish my route. And the papers were late today, and I was thinking "what if it comes down to that today, the clock strikes 6 and I'm not finished? I'd feel pretty bad leaving people out and paperless, after all it's not their fault, but it's also really bad to be a rikkuri (strikebreaker), and the whole point of industrial action is that you demonstrate that the work we do is important and influences everybody..." 

My dilemma was solved in two parts. First, I saw the office guy (every night there is one guy - not exactly a boss, but sort of? - in the office who you call if something happens during the route, like bike breaks down or you drive into a ditch etc... and s/he'll come help) and asked him about it, and he explained that since his official time ends at 7am, he would have to finish my route if I don't. And I was like "man that would suck, I do not want to do that to you. I thought the point was that the customers will complain to the newspaper company and they will complain to the mail company and the mail company will feel the pressure to listen to the union." So I reckoned it's a little pointless to do industrial action that only hurts the other workers. And the second way my dilemma was solved was that I was finished by quarter to six :P

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Written about Friday 2013-11-08
Written: (1497 days ago)
Next in thread: 1162997, 1163001

The Google-Doodle today shows different Rorschach tests every time I open a new tab. And to me, they all look like various spaceships from Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, etc... >_> Analyse that.

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Written about Thursday 2013-11-07
Written: (1498 days ago)
Next in thread: 1162978

So apparently I have a bit of a pet peeve with media talking about science and making statements about research that upon closer inspection are dumbness and not actually getting to the heart of the matter.

So I was listening to a Radiolab episode at work about whether animals have feelings like humans do. And they were talking about the idea that dogs feel guilt. A lot of dog owners say that their dog gets a guilty look when it has done something wrong. So there was an experiment on a group of dogs and their owners. Half of the dogs in the group did something naughty, the other half didn't, but all the owners were told that their dog did do something bad. So the owners went in and scolded the dogs, you know, angry voice and face and say "bad dog" or "no" or something. And all the dogs did the face of ":C I sorry". And they then concluded that it doesn't matter what the dog thinks it has done, what matters is that it is being submissive to the alpha in its pack.

But the whole thing is just wrong if you know dogs >.<
Firstly, the scolding. Now I admit that dog training advice evolves and changes just like all things we know, but the last I heard was that you do not scold the dog unless you catch it in the act of doing something wrong. So for example, if you come home and find that the dog has chewed every single pair of shoes there is, or that the living room looks like a localised hurricane struck there, you do not scold the dog if you don't catch it in the act of destroying things. Because the dog won't connect the dots of "something I did several hours ago" and "human really mad". So it just thinks "human comes home and is mad :C" and that makes a very negative connection. So of course a dog that is scolded out of the blue will express submission, it doesn't really know how else to cope with this random aggression directed towards it. :/ It has a very limited bag of tricks.

Secondly, when you have been with your dog for a while and you are used to each other and stuff, and the dog is now trained and it knows what is bad behaviour - it will sometimes still do it (depends on the personality/breed of dog, probably). And when it does, it can have a look on its face (before the owner realises what has happened and scolds the dog) that clearly indicates "I did something I was not supposed to". My dog usually has that face when something has forced him to poop inside. He knows poop goes outside, and usually he doesn't poop inside except when it's just impossible to stop it. But in the time between his pooping and my discovering the poop his face is totally different than his normal face. It looks guilty, or sorry, or embarrassed, or some such. I can look at his face and know that he has done something that he knows he shouldn't have done. And I'm pretty sure you couldn't create test conditions to make this face happen, because it's so dependent on context.

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Written about Tuesday 2013-11-05
Written: (1500 days ago)
Next in thread: 1162937

So from now on, if any situation calls for an animated gif response, mine will be:
<img:http://i.imgur.com/HDygOkq.gif>

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Written about Tuesday 2013-11-05
Written: (1500 days ago)
Next in thread: 1162920

You know how way back in the olden times, people thought the world was made of the four elements of earth, water, air and fire. And now we have the atomic elements and we think "oh silly ancient people, thought that things can be made of fire lol". But... there actually are four states that those atomic elements can be: solid, liquid, gas and plasma.

I kind of had a little epiphany about this last night at work, and felt a little weird, like "this can't possibly be a new idea, but why have I not learnt this from anywhere?" Kind of like, why did I waste brain energy figuring this out by myself, why didn't anyone tell me? :P (Though I must admit it is very enjoyable to have mini-epiphanies like this.) So I'm just wondering, was this obvious for everyone else already and I'm just slow? Have you heard that idea before or did you learn it from somewhere?

1162899  Link to this entry 
Written about Monday 2013-11-04
Written: (1501 days ago)

Gift Ideas. A mere beginning, but it's actually one that I've been thinking of doing for years.

1162864  Link to this entry 
Written about Sunday 2013-11-03
Written: (1502 days ago)
Next in thread: 1162866, 1162880

ABCs according to my browser

amenalready.tumblr.com
bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net
copyheart.org (huh, I've only been there once)
darthsanddroids.net
eksp.fi (:O sorry Elftown!)
facebook.com
google.fi (I don't appreciate it adding the .fi on its own accord)
hotmail.com
inariedwards.tumblr.com
j- nothing
klm.com
lds.org
mail.google.com
new.familysearch.org
october15th.com (again, only been there once)
posti.fi
q- nothing
ruutu.fi (same with this one, only been there once)
segullah.org
thisamericanlife.org
uudetkirjat.fi
v- nothing
wikipaintings.org/en/search
x- nothing
youtube.com
z- nothing
å- nothing
ä- nothing
ö- nothing

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